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area for birthday parties and events, we'll be there. >> thanks for joining us. >> see you again in half an hour. >> tonight on "world news." final flight. the space shuttle breaks free of earth and hits the sky. a part of history over. body blow. so few jobs created last month. what is washington going to do? we press the politicicns for the answer. medical break through. creating a new body part and a new voice. coming too american. will and kate on u.s. soil. and jaycee dugard, telling her mother she is alive. >> i just said, come quick. come quick.
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good evening. across the count today, americans stopped in front of flickering televisions to witness history. for the last time, the space shuttle, 4.5 million pounds of hardware and humans, roared toward the sky. over the past 30 years, five shuttles have orbited the earth 21,000 times, and this is what it looked like, today, as "atlantis" went slicing through the clouds. and abc's mattttutman was right there. matt, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, diane. first, you see that blinding blow torch of a flash. then, the shockwaves come and you start to feel your body vibrate. it was everything that the nearly million people out here, spectators, had hoped for. and more than that, it was a safe launch. >> let's light this first one more time, mike, and witness this great nation at its best. >> reporter: nasa's final salute to the space shuttle. >> two, one, zero. and liftoff. >> reporter: nearly a million enraptured spectators gazed up
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at that sun-bright torch in the sky as they did 30 years ago, cramming roadsides, beaches and parks to watch the shuttle roar into space. capping three decades of engineering triumph. >> america's first space shuttle. >> the final liftoff of "atlantis." >> and two tragedies. >> obviously a major malfunction. >> reporter: the "challenger" exploded just after blastoff in 1986. and "columbia" disintegrated upon reentry in 2003. one reason why every mission has been filled with suspension. and, today, "atlantis" and its crew aboard almost never left the ground. yesterday, this lightning struck right near the launch pad. and today, t-minus 31 sesends -- we just hear, josh, sorry, that there is some sort of failure. the launch delayed until the very last second. but with that technical glitch fixed, off it went. >> america will continue the dream. >> reporter: shoulder to shoulder, they watched. >> i got teary-eyed. my eyes teared up a little bit.
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it was emotional for me. >> it's awesome. just screaming and hollering. >> the noise, the brightness. you just can't, unless you are standing, you know, this close, you just can't comprehend that. >> reporter: savoring the spectacle. as was this man, who put the very first miles on the first shuttle, the end of the road comes too soon. you think it had a few more years left in it? >> i could fly it another 30 years. >> reporter: diane, those shuttles, the most complex machines ever made, all of them were made here in america by americans. but when "atlantis" lands back on earth 12 days from now, and nasa officially ends its shuttle program, 4,000 people will get their pink slips. diane? >> and what does this mean for history? matt, thank you. the commander of the flight, christopher ferguson, said the shuttle was a reflection of what a great nation can do when it dares to be bold. abc's john donvan tonight on fearlessness and the last
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frontier. >> reporter: a spark in the clouds this afternoon, "atlantis" going out of sight. and with that, we say good-bye. to all this. to a certain age of american adventure, when the goal was always clear, to explore by sending people up, not that space exploration is over. we still have robots out there and more coming. but it's different. robots probe, while humans voyage. when jfk told us we were going to the moon, he gave this reason. >> because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills. >> reporter: back then, of course, getting to the moon seemed farfetched. a dream. and yet, as a nation, we had the guts and we found the money to do it. and it was we. >> the eagle has landed. >> reporter: it was we, the species, that walked around up there. >> one priceless moment in the whole history of man.
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all the people on this earth are truly one. >> reporter: the shuttle missions, by comparison, would always been anti-climactic, but the work mattered. and more important, they represented forward momentum. >> and liftoff. >> reporter: the voyage persisted, even with the awful setbacks. new countdowns were always on the schedule. but at this morning's, we knew that was no longer true. the ground crew, these guys, they were taking note of that. yes, there will be space tourists and rockets launched by private companies, but america doing this, sending aloft brave men and women in oururame, that spark just faded out this morning, and not because we're out of guts. and when we look tonight at the moon, the idea of people up there and beyond, see if that doesn't once again feel somehow farfetched. something we can now only dream of. john donvan, abc news, washington. and now, w wturn to the news about dollars and sense tonight. we learned today that employers added only 18,000 jobs in the
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month of june. the unemployment number inched back up, to 9.2%. the highest we have seen all year. so, why is job growth stalled? abc's ron claiborne is here now and what the new numbers mean. ron? >> reporter: diane, this really was a very bleak jobs report. unemployment rate up, the number of unemployed americans up, average hours worked down, average hourly pay slightly down. as one economist put it, stop looking for the silver lining. there isn't any. in louisville, hundreds of people lined up to apply for jobs at a new ford assembly plant. >> it's real tough. everybody's trying to knock on the door and get in, you know, somewhere. >> i will be talking to you. >> reporter: in philadelphia, 56-year-old joe, out of full-time work for four years w, came to a job fair. >> we are in a pretty bad recession right now. >> reporter: and it's getting worse. today's government figures show that last month, 200,000 more workers joined the ranks of the unemployed.
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14.1 million americans now out of work. >> it could be a sign of more to come. really slow growth, no improvement in unemployment. and a very long, hard climb out of the recession. >> reporter: the average length of unemployment is now just under 40 weeks. the longest since records started being kept in 1948. for older workers, it's even worse. 52 weeks, a year, compared to just over 35 weeks for those under 55. the problem, employers, big and small, are relucucnt to hire new workers until they are convinced the economy is really turning around. right now, they are not. john owns two clothing stores in new york city. a typical small businessman. he employs a total of ten people. just about the national average. in the viciously circular logic of a weak economy, he says he's discouraged from hiring because other employers aren't hiring. >> i see no growth in employment. it doesn't bode well for growing my business.
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>> reporter: and he wants to see other signs of recovery before talking on any new workers. >> we have to see easier credit and more demand. >> reporter: then you would start hiring? >> then we would start hiring. >> reporter: do you see that coming any time soon? >> not at all. >> reporter: and i asked john what he wants washington to do, he said, persuade the banks to start lending more readily and more generally, do something about jobs. frustration that he, an employer, shares with millions of people who are looking for work. diane? >> well, ron, that's the issue that leads us to your washington watchdog report. the abyss between talk in washington, about creating jobs, and the reality in so many american lives. so, abc's jake tapper spent the day asking politicians tough questions about what they're going to do. and he is with us now. jake tapper at the white house. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, as you know, there is always a lot of talk in this town about job creation. but there doesn't seem to be the kind of urgency that might lead to cooperation and action.
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washington, d.c., is the kind of town where leaders like to reassure the public that they hear the american people loud and clear. >> i read letter after letter from folks hit hard by this economy. they want me to know that what they're looking for is that we have done everything we can. >> the number one question my constituents still have is, where are the jobs? >> i heard the same thing over the fourth of july recess from the american people. >> reporter: okay, so, washington is listening. what is washington doing? let's take the list president obama offered this morning of ways congress could act today to help create jobs. investing in infrastructure. passing trade agreements to increase exports. and extending last year's payroll tax cut for another year. >> all of them have bipartisan support. all of them could pass immediately. and i urge congress not to wait. >> reporter: they are mired in the quicksand of congress.
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what's happening? a basic inability to compromise. senators and house members cannot agree on how much money to invest in infrastructure. the trade bills are stuck, because democrats want them to include money for worker retraining and republicans do not. and the payroll tax cut is tied up in deficit reduction negotiations, the much larger washington, d.c. quagmire. the president today conveyed urgency about the need to act on this legislation, some of which he's been pushing for months. he's the leader of the free world, he's not t me guy on the street. what has been the hold-up? why has this not happened despite his declared wishes? >> he's not a leader or a member of congress. >> reporter: what is the white house going to do today to have any of these items acted upon? >> well, the president's going to go out to the rose garden and call on congress to act on them. >> reporter: diane, the senate could not act on any of the items the president talked about. the senate broke for a three-day
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weekend yesterday. diane? >> ah, but jake, you reached one senator. tell us about it. >> reporter: that's right. i talked to democratic senate leader chuck schumer of new york. he said, these job numbers are a shot across the bow for every member of congress. he said, they need to come together and work together and compromise. democrats supporting tax breaks for businesses. republicans supporting infrastructure spending. we'll see if that happens when they reconvene on monday. >> jake tapper at the white house, thank you, jake. and this sunday, the tough questions will continue on "this week," when christiane amanpour sits down with white house chief of staff bill daley. heading overseasasow to syria, and look at this picture. it is the u.s. ambassador driving through a sea of protesters. hundreds of thousands of him. his car greeted with roses and olive branches. the protesters are thrilled at the show of solidarity against president bashir al assad's regime. and in egypt, do you recognize this place? it's tahrir square where the revolution began.
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brimming with protesters once more today, but calling for faster progress, five months after the government fell. and, in the united kingdom, shockwaves from the scandal that rattled rupert murdoch's media empire. they reached the british government today, as a former spokesman for prime minister david cameron was arrested. abc's jeffrey kofman now on the tabloid world out of control. >> reporter: when andy coulson was editor of "the news of the world," the paper he ran destroyed people's lives. >> i'm afraid i can'n'say anymore at this stage. >> reporter: arrested this morning, facing charges of perjury, bribing police, hacking people's phones in search of scoops. andy coulson is also uncomfortably the former spokesman of british prime minister david cameron, who, today, scrambled to distance himself. >> but press freedom does not mean the press should be above the law. >> reporter: but "the news of the world" w w, which is why the famous and the powerful in britain have feared and loathed
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the tabloid for years. case in point? remember when sarah ferguson was caught selling access to prince andrew? >> 500,000 pounds when you can, to me -- open doors. reporter: and this headline. when prince harry angered his girlfrfrnd by visiting a strip club. how did the paper know? they eavesdropped on the prince's voicemail. >> you have to get the story at all costs. you go and do anything. >> reporter: even breaking the law? >> absolutely breaking the law. >> reporter: at least symbolically here in britain, it is the queen that prime ministers report to. what this scandal, suppressed for so long, is revealing is that rupert murdoch is the one who's really had their ear. every prime minister here for the last 30 years has needed the endorsement of murdoch and his media empire to win election. >> i think it's reasonable for any of us to observe that the murdoch corporation has too much power. >> reporter: outside "the news of the world" offices today,
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some celebrated the paper's downfall. with a criminal investigation under way, many more could go down with it. jeffrey kofman, abc news, london. and still ahead right here on "world news," william and kate have landed in america. the royal newlyweds in hollywood. medical marvel. growing new body parts. what it means for longer living. and jaycee dugard. reuniting with her mother after 18 years held by a predator. so i took my heartburn pill and some antacids. we're having mexican tonight, so another pill then? unless we eat later, then pill later? if i get a snack now, pill now? skip the snack, pill later... late dinner, pill now? aghh i've got heartburn in my head. [ male announcer ] stop the madness of treating frequent heartburn. it's simple with prilosec otc.
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royal newlyweds william and kate, the duke and duchess of cambridge, waved farewell to canada today, turninintheir honeymoon holiday to hollywood, where thousands of their american fans await. and abc's bob woodruff has been with them every step of the way, joining us from los angeles tonight. bob? >> reporter: well, good evening, diane. price william and kate did land not too long away, coming from canada to los angeles. there was talk they might be taking a helicopter to here because of traffic. but they took cars, range rovers to get here. led by escorts.
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the couple landed here. outside l.a.x. >> the opportunity to see a real life duke and duchess or prince and princess, as they are called . out here, is really very special for everyone over here. >> reporter: for the duke and duchess, canada was nine days long with very little sleep. but the people didn't seem to notice. their last canadian stop, the calgary stampede. last night, the bulls, this morning, the parade. as the couple boarded for california this afternoon, the famous pinks hot dogs began to lliam and kate, written in mustard. two of them in one bun. why are there two dogs in one bun? >> t t dogs in one bun, well, they're the perfect couple. >> reporter: the duchess of cambridge has been a star on this tour, especially in fashion. what do you think she's going to wear? >> whatever she wears, she will certainly be in style. >> reporter: and you're going to buy it? >> i don't know. we're schoolteachers. we can't afford it. >> reporter: after tonight's's reception with hollywood and tech giants, the royals then head tomorrow for a little polo. fans paying between $400 and $4,000 for a seat at the charity tournament.
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then, it's off to downtown los angeles to pay tribute to british film. and a chance to rub elbows with hollywood's stars, tom hanks and nicole kidman among the guests. but there will also be time for a visit with the city's homeless. and a job fair for returning u.s. servicemen and women. on this trip, every stop has had its moments. yesterday, it was kate, being greeted by a hug from a 6-year-old cancer patient named diamond marshall. nothing more moving than this. now, their very first stop was here at the beverly hills hotel. after that a reception at the home of a britain's consul general. d a mix of hollywood a list. amazing mix of events. >> two kinds of royalty. thank you, bob woodruff. and, coming up, medical
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and now, healthy living, and the healing power of your own stem cells. last night, we learned they can repair a damaged heart. and today, for the first time, doctors in europe say they used one man's stem cells to grow a new windpipe in a laboratory. then, they implanted it to save his life and give him a new voice. here's abc's chief health and medical editor, dr. richard besser. >> reporter: it looks like medical magic. this 36-year-old graduate student had just days to live. cancer had eaten away his windpipe. so, doctors grew him a new one, using his own stem cells. c.a.t. scan images helped them make a mold, an exact replica of his windpipe. then, dipped the mold into special plastic to make a scaffolding. that scaffolding was kept at body temperature. it turned like a rotisserie in a bath of the patient's own stem cells. taken from his bone marrow. in just two days, the cells grew to cover the new windpipe.
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ready for transplant. that means the waiting time for this new body part isn't months. it's days. >> this technique does not rely at all on a human donation. you can have it immediately. >> reporter: the patient is still recovering from his operation. but the cancer's gone and he left the hospital today. >> i was very much scared, very much scared, but basically the difference is between living and non-living. >> reporter: not just windpipes, but new bladders, ears, even bones. all grown with stem cells on plastic scaffolding. here, the plastic is being spun into a length of tubing that could be made into a new artery. here, in a stem cell bath, they are growing someone a new heart valve and keeping it moving so that it will flex the right way when it is placed in the patient's heart. growing new body parts. growing new medical possibilities. >> bones, heart valves -- rich, what do we think is going to be the next big one? >> reporter: the biggest
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breakthrough is when we get to organs that are on the transplant list. so you can grow your own. hearts, kidneys, livers. it's going to be years, but the progress we're making in stem cell research is extremely encouraging. >> and you don't reject these parts? once they're implanted. >> reporter: that's the amazing thing. normally when you put something foreign into your body, your body says no and gets rid of it. but because of the stem cells, your body thinks this new organ is actually you. >> we are really standing on the brink of something brand new for extending human life. thank you. rich besser reporting in tonight. and coming up, jaycee dugard, who survived horror, sustained by the power of a mother's love. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day with less chronic low back pain. imagine living your life with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine you, with less pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is a non-narcotic treatment that's fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain.
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it's simple with prilosec otc. ononpill a day. twenty-four hours. zero heartburn. no heartburn in the first place. great. and finally tonight, our "person of the week," jaycee dugard, who returned from 18 years as a captive. her book, "a stolen life," is an unflinching look at what predators will do. and it was written, she says, because it is wrong to keep their secrets. and she wants to send a message of the sustaining power of survrval through remembrance of a mother's love. and you'll remember that she was kidnapped at age 11, gave birth in a backyard.
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18 years later, neither she nor her mother will forget the phone call announcing "i'm alive." >> i remember -- >> i remember you shouting, "they found her! my daughter!" and i was crying. you know when you're crying, you can't speak. i just said, "come quick." i remember saying, "come, come quick." >> and i remember telling you, "baby, i'm coming, i'm coming." and the rest was a blur. >> yeah. >> reporter:r:hile in captivity, jaycee dugard made a little list of things she dreamed about. seeing her mom. and the freedom of riding in a hot air balloon. >> excited? >> yeah. >> reporter: she has written, "life's adventure is important. live each day to its fullest. whatever life brings you." and so, we choose jaycee dugard. and her mother, and her message.
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strength in all of our lives. she is our "person of the week." and don't forget, you can hear all of her extraordinary story, it is an exclusive two-hour special, sunday night from 9:00 to 11:00 eastern time. and i'm going to be live tweeting during those two hours. i hope you'll join me. send me a message on twitter @dianesawyer. and thank you for watching totoght. great to be with you this week. we're always on at don't forget, "nightline" later. and we'll see you right back here tomorrow. good night next at 6:00 crash of a small plane in jant cruz county. family and frendz trying to come to grips with the tragedy. >> suspected picasso thief talks about the arrest and who he wants to represent him. >> working the cat walk what.
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the ramps will be used for. >> a big screen tv starts turning on and off by itself. ahead on 7 on your side, how long will this last? and there is no made yeah. and no flare. >> a blistering attack as the captain of the fishing boat that cap sized in mexico saying the tragedy could have been avoided. good evening, everyone. >> the search is now fwking a search for blame. some are pinning responsibility for what happened on the captain, saying he failed to do his job, protecting those in his care. we're live in san ramone with the latest on this story. laura? >> and this survivors were critical of the captain. and the crew, among other things they say the crew offered them

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